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    Upgrades or new bike for Whistler trip?

    Hey Everyone,


    Saving up some money for a 2 week Whistler trip next summer and have a question about how to invest my money for the trip - I have a budget of 2k for bike parts:


    Option 1: Buy a 170mm (new lyrik or fox 36) fork, coil rear shock and dual casing DHFs for my 2015 giant reign advanced.


    Option 2: Buy a used DH bike that I will ride only 9-12 days a year after this trip.


    Option 3: Spend like $750+ to rent a DH bike to use on the trip.


    What would you do?

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    If you're only going to ride the park, the $750 rental might be the best deal as you beat up someone's else's bike and have $1250 from your parts budget to spend on the trip.

    If you want to ride the natural trails around Whistler, a well tuned Reign would be useful to have along.
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    If you can float the money buy a used DH bike then sell it when you get back from the trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    If you're only going to ride the park, the $750 rental might be the best deal as you beat up someone's else's bike and have $1250 from your parts budget to spend on the trip.

    If you want to ride the natural trails around Whistler, a well tuned Reign would be useful to have along.
    I'm with rockyuphill, beat up a rental bike in the park. Bring your own bike to hit the other trails around Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton.

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    Agree with rent and bring your own. If you only rent half the time, probably only cost $450. And you'll still be able to have fun on your bike, push it's limits. It's not like the reign is a wimpy XC bike. I would consider a second set of tires if the recommended Whistler tires are vastly different than your normal tires. maybe a super strong basher wheelset if you're the wrecking type.
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    Rent and get the insurance, you will break something, especially with that long of a trip.

    Also you may be inclined to not rent everyday, try your Giant without any upgrades. I ride my 140mm trail bike at DH resorts in CO and NM. Still fun, even though you have to dial it back a bit in the gnarliest sections.

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    I'm no jumper or hucker, and I don't know to what extent you are, but I'd be very tempted to say, do the upgrades to the Reign, take it with you and give it a go on a couple of the trails, if you feel it really is limiting your enjoyment, then maybe consider renting a true DH bike for the trails it's needed on. As DocD said, while not a DH rig, the Reign is a very capable bike and I know a good few guys who are very happy using it for the occasional shuttle days in bike parks.
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